Jeff Powers, a former San Luis Obispo High standout, has secured his third consecutive trip to the Olympics after U.S. men’s water polo coach Terry Schroeder announced Monday that Powers will be one of 13 players to play for the Americans in the London Games.
Powers, listed as a 6-foot-7, 238-pound defender, was part of the U.S. team that captured a silver medal in 2008 in Beijing, where he scored six goals. He was also on the 2004 team that finished seventh in Athens.
The 32-year-old Powers is one of 10 returners from the 2008 team, led by four-time Olympic participants Tony Azevedo and Ryan Bailey. They are the first male U.S. water polo players to compete in four Olympics.
The U.S. will open Olympic competition against Montenegro on July 29.
At San Luis Obispo, Powers was a two-time All-CIF player while leading the Tigers to a league title in 1995.
A.G.’s Stevens at Olympic trials
As one of the younger competitors at the Olympic swimming trails in Omaha, Neb., 16-year-old and soon-to-be Arroyo Grande junior Zach Stevens improved his entry time by 0.02 seconds in the preliminary rounds of the men’s 100-meter breaststroke, finishing in 1 minute, 4.26 seconds.
He placed 72nd out 139 swimmers in the event after being ranked 90th.
On Thursday, Stevens will compete in the 200 breaststroke.